A vote on whether to lift parking restrictions along Noyac Bay Avenue, which dead-ends at Noyack Bay, was postponed Tuesday until the July 26 Southampton Town Board meeting to allow time for the public to submit written comments.
A previous town board approved “No Parking” signs along the street after residents complained of vandalism and burglaries. At the last two town board meetings, residents complained that the restriction has denied them access to the shoreline, which is public property.
But some residents of the street, along with members of the Northampton Colony Yacht Club on the beach at the end of the block, spoke at Tuesday’s meeting against lifting the parking ban, citing the earlier vandalism. Some also expressed concern that allowing parking would encourage swimming in the channel, but Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst assured them the town would post “hazardous swimming” signs. Throne-Holst said she thinks parking on the street should be available to the public.
Noyac Bay Avenue is the only street leading to a body of water other than the ocean that has parking restrictions, according to town officials.
Residents can submit comments to the town clerk until July 22: by fax at 631-283-5606, by email at email@example.com or by mail to the Town of Southampton, Town Clerk, 116 Hampton Rd., Southampton, NY 11968.